May 4, 1999
MEMORANDUM TO: OPINION LEADERS
FROM: GARY SCHMITT
But winning seems to be the last thing on the mind of many of the GOP members of Congress. Some visit Belgrade, others attempt to negotiate with Russian parliamentarians, and others praise Jesse Jackson's "diplomatic" efforts; in doing all of this, Republicans are only making it easier for the Clinton Administration to cut a weak and strategically-unsatisfactory deal with Slobodan Milosevic. At the end of the day, the attempt to "give peace a chance," as some in the GOP leadership have suggested, would result in a situation in which the nationalists within Russia are stronger, NATO is significantly weakened, and Milosevic is still in power.
should be criticizing the Clinton Administration for not fighting the
war decisively, and not fighting the war to win. And if conservatives
doubt the administration's competence to carry out such a war, then, as
the Wall Street Journal argued in Friday's editorial, they should be pressuring
the president to replace his current national security team with a "war
cabinet" composed of experienced and trusted individuals. As the
WSJ's Paul Gigot noted in his "Potomac Watch" column of the
same day: "The loyal opposition is supposed to urge the right policy,
not sit back while the wrong one fails. Republicans who expect to regain
the White House in 2000 might want to think about leaving a smaller mess
for their president to clean up" a point Senator McCain, Elizabeth
Dole and Governor Bush obviously understand.